Jindra Cekan, Living in a Well-meaning Lie: Valuing all Voices?, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 3, May 2017, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/living-well-meaning-lie-valuing-voices/) Abstract: Poor villagers like Edith, Aminata, Rituu, and Juan don’t appear much on the nightly news.  You might never know they exist unless you stop and read your mail from some charity asking you to help them.  On the brochures, they can look scared or sad; maybe surrounded by their thin children, with a parched land or dying animals behind them. Our foreign aid programs should be helping them, but are they? I have met these people while they are working in their fields, growing corn and peas, millet and coffee, raising their chickens and goats. I have talked to them outside of health centers where they have brought their babies to be vaccinated or their parents for medical care.  I got to know them when I interviewed them under the big tree in the middle of their village, or in empty school rooms, asking them what they need from us, and how we can design foreign aid projects to better help them. I have worked in international development as a technical expert in project design … Topics: Financing; Globalization; Indigenous communities; Resilience; Sustainability